Dear Illini who want to change the world: The campus is currently looking for exciting juniors* to nominate for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
Are you bothered by an issue and trying to make changes to address a problem? The Truman program is looking for the academically strong student who has a passion for public service. Evaluators look for leadership ability, potential for influencing public policies, community service and extracurricular involvement, strong academic performance, and potential to perform well in a graduate school program. It awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to U.S. citizen college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service. Public service includes a wide array of career possibilities, such as public health; local, state, or federal government; educational policy; international relations; conservation; and environmental protection. Candidates should be able to demonstrate leadership experiences in campus and community service activities. Truman Scholars have pursued many fields of study, such as agriculture, engineering, economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, and public health. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. The University of Illinois may nominate up to four students for the Truman Scholarship. If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend our informational sessions. On Thursday Oct. 8 from 3:30-4:30 there will be an information session and discussion with a former Truman Scholar on line. On Friday Oct. 9 from 3:00-4:00 there will be a workshop on how to craft a Truman Application online.
For more information, contact the scholarships office at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.topscholars.illinois.edu
*For the Truman Scholarship, a "Junior" is defined as someone either in their third and final year of undergraduate study, or someone planning to graduate between December 2020 and August 2021.